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Eagle's Nest Open Space: 3 Bar Trail

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Eagle's Nest Open Space: 3 Bar Trail

Area Fort Collins
Park/Forest Eagle's Nest Open Space
Trailhead Eagle's Nest Open Space
Distance Roundtrip 3.4 Miles
Elevation Start 6022 ft
Elevation Gain ≈ 380 ft
Features Foothills, River
Dogs Allowed? Yes, on leash


A great hike about 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins. It has wide open views of rolling hills and the foothills. You can take the trail to a bridge at the North Fork of the Cache La Poudre River before completing the loop. This trail is exposed with little shade. There is an option to extend your hike by taking the 1.8 mile OT Trail loop south of the bridge. From February 1 to July 15 the area downstream of the bridge is closed to public access to protect the Golden Eagle nesting areas.

Directions info

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From Fort Collins take Highway 287 north to Red Feather Lakes Rd, go west for about 1/3 mile, the entrance is on the south side of the road which you follow for about 1 mile to the parking area.


Larimer County Eagle's Nest Open Space
Brochure/Trail Map PDF


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